Color Palette Tips – Neutral is the Way to Go!

Choosing a color palette for your wedding day is one of the first decisions you will make as a bride. While not necessary – it can help assist you in forming a cohesive aesthetic that will carry you and your guests throughout the day. We’re so glad to see that the “trends” for Summer/Fall 2017 are largely classic and timeless – including integrating gorgeous neutrals and metallics throughout your color palette.

Fashion choices are often one of the first things to be decided on – so once you’ve got your gorgeous frock nailed down, it’s usually time to think about your beau’s look (or maybe vice-versa!) The Black Tux is a super cool, easy to navigate website that can help you nail down a tuxedo rental that both you and your betrothed will love. We do love a gray suit on a super sharp groom-to-be here at BBP!

But enough about the guys – what about you? How can you integrate your classic color palette even into your hair and makeup? Well thankfully neutrals are typically the way to go when it comes to makeup. We often tell our clients that we want them to look back at their wedding photos and say “Wow I look so beautiful!” not “Wow I look like I got married in 2017!” A beautiful, soft shimmery eye that defines the eye shape while letting the natural eye color shine is a favorite look of ours. If you want a more “metallic” feel to the makeup, antique golds and bronze tones are very flattering on those with deeper or olive skin toned beauties, while a brighter less aged shade will do well with those with fair complexions. When it comes to silver, we typically suggest you leave that to your accessories, as it can sometimes look very harsh or un-natural in your makeup. However, a soft silver lid blended out with taupes and soft browns can be lovely.

Metallic hair extensions are very 2014 – but you can integrate some shimmer into your ‘do using hair combs or other accessories. Most modern brides don’t wear their veils past the photos and the ceremony, so it’s always nice to have something underneath to keep your look special throughout the night. It’s also an opportunity to integrate some elements from your color palette into your overall look. Rose-gold accessories are very popular right now – teetering between a lush gold and a soft pink. The classic silver hair piece with rhinestones is always a favorite – but you can try utilizing a hair chain in-lieu of a clip for something a bit more modern.

No matter what you choose it’s sure to look gorgeous – just keep these tips in mind to make it a little easier to decide!

Light and Airy November Beach Wedding Featured on Borrowed and Blue

The Philly area is unique in its wedding landscapes – you could have a modern urban affair, a rustic romantic party that embraces the lush PA landscape – or in the case of bride Katie, you can opt for the sparkling beaches of the Jersey Shore. We loved Katie’s elegant and classic beach side nuptials at The Reeds at Shelter Haven that was recently featured on top wedding blog Borrowed and Blue. Check out the gorgeous photos done by photographer Danielle Nowak in the blog post here!

Posted: July 20, 2017 By: Comment: 0

Wedding Day Timeline Tips

Wedding planning can be a stressful time – with so many big and small decisions to make and an overwhelming amount of options, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. There are so many online resources that couples can utilize to make the process a little easier, and our friends at WeddingWire have a plethora of tools to help organize and research your vendors. They also have this helpful wedding day timeline to give you an idea what tasks you should be focusing in on at what time. We’ve also included our own “Beauty” Wedding Day timeline to help you prep yourself to be the most gorgeous and glowing bride on your wedding day.

12 Months

You’re at the one-year mark right before the big day, you’ve used WeddingWire to find the perfect venue so what’s next to think about? One of the things is your hair and makeup. If you already have your gown or at least it’s on order, then that’s great because it’s time to start thinking about your wedding day look. Pinterest will now be your best friend!

Are you a boho chic bride? Maybe incorporate a floral crown and some braids into your hair style and keep your makeup simple. Are you more classic with a black-tie affair? Think elegant and timeless opting for a low chignon and red lip.

Start collecting pins to share with your stylists so when you do have your trial run, they can have a good starting point and also use them to guide you a bit.


9 Months

Once you’ve  got the gown – this is a good time to start researching who you will hire for your hair and makeup needs.  Consider if you want both services for everyone in your party. Will you be paying for the services or will your bridesmaids be covering their own services? If so, check with the group to see what their budget is. You can also “gift” them one of the services if that helps.  Knowing who will be getting which services this far in advance is important because many on-site bridal beauty companies require a minimum number of services.  Most companies require this information even before you book a trial with them.


7 Months

Now that you’re bridesmaids have their outfits – let the beauty countdown begin! Now is the time to really start caring for your hair and skin if you haven’t already been doing so. Your makeup will last longer and look better if you start a steady skincare routine of a daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Twice a week exfoliate with a favorite product or mix two-parts brown sugar with two-parts olive oil.  Scrub for about two minutes, rinse with warm washcloth then tepid water. You’ll see immediate results!

As for your hair, keep your color fresh and ends tidy. If your hair is on the shorter side and you need length for the style you want, then just let it grow. Or, opt for some clip-in extensions.  Be realistic.  Don’t show your stylist a picture of a bride with long hair down to her waist if your hair is only shoulder length.



5 Months

Continuing your beauty prep, schedule a professional facial for once a month.  Have your last one a full 30 days prior to your wedding day.  If you need any facial waxing done, you can do that about a week to 4 days prior. Also, this is the time to schedule your hair and makeup trial with your chosen beauty vendor – especially now that you’ve solidified your accessories.

3 Months

Having already had your trial run? Get on it girl! The best stylists and beauty companies book as far in advance as a year and most won’t hold your date until the trial run has happened, the deposit is made and a contract has been signed. Word to the wise—if a company or individual stylist doesn’t offer a signed and solid contract move on! You want be legally protected and be assured your team will show up on your wedding day.


Posted: July 12, 2017 By: Comment: 0

BBP and BOD Stylist’s Head to the 2017 NFL Draft

Owner Dana Persia and a group of our talented stylists worked with P&G and The Logan Hotel to glam the draftees and their families for the 2017 NFL Draft that took place in Philadelphia this April. The P&G VIP Style Lounge was a huge success and was profiled on several media outlets – and we were proud to also be featured on local blog Sugarpeel! Check out the article here.

Posted: May 3, 2017 By: Comment: 0

Unique Fall Bride Cara featured on Borrowed and Blue

Gorgeous Cara is one of our favorite unique brides! Her and beau Vincent were married in November of 2015 at the Mutter Museum – a quirky Philly favorite for those with a more morbid inclination. Her fun and romantic wedding was recently featured on Borrowed and Blue – check it out here! Hair by lead stylist Elisa and Makeup by lead stylist Maggie. Photo Credit: Viva Love Photography

Fall Bride Andie Featured on Philadelphia Wedding’s “Real Weddings”

Beautiful Brides Philly made it into the coveted “Real Weddings” section of Philadelphia Weddings during the infamous “Pope Weekend” in Philly (Sept 2015) and both of our fabulous artists Maggie Armstrong and Elisa DiBruno were there on-site at POMME – a Peachtree & Ward venue beautifying Andie O’Brien Lunkenheimer and her bridal party Photography Credit goes to Matthew J Photography – check out the photos and read a bit about this lovely couple here!